Aurora Theatre - Palomino

Aurora Theatre Company continues its 19th season with the Bay Area Premiere of acclaimed writer and actor David Cale’s new solo play Palomino. Written, directed, and starring David Cale, it plays October 29 through December 5 at the Aurora Theatre in Berkeley.

Palomino is a beautifully-realized play written for one actor about the sexual exploits of a hackney driver turned accidental gigolo. David Cale plays a cast of seven different characters, both male and female, to tell the story of Kieren McGrath, a handsome, literate, Central Park carriage driver who dreams of writing a great novel. When he is offered the opportunity to become an escort to a number of lonely, wealthy women in New York City, he believes he has finally found his subject. Or has he? As McGrath shares his sexual conquests and introduces the women he has met, seduced, and profited from, the theme of bartering for love takes on new meaning. Palomino received its World Premiere in 2009 at Kansas City Repertory Theatre after undergoing development at the Sundance Theatre Lab, where Cale was writer-in-residence.

A brilliant writer and actor, Cale is best known for his solo works Somebody Else’s HouseDeep in a Dream of YouSmooch MusicThe Redthroats, and the OBIE-winning Lillian. As an actor, he recently appeared opposite Ryan Gosling and David Morse in the film The Slaughter Rule, on Broadway in The Threepenny Opera, and most recently Off-Broadway inMouth to Mouth, and will appear with Bernadette Peters in the upcoming film Coming Up Roses. As a writer, Cale’smonologues have been featured on Public Radio’s “This American Life” and NPR’s “The Next Big Thing.” He penned the book, lyrics, and co-composed music for the musical Floyd and Clea Under the Western Sky, which received an Outer Critics Circle Nomination for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical; Cale was also featured in the production as a performer. Additionally, Cale was one of the writers for Motherhood Out Loud, which ran at Hartford Stage, and penned scripts for several dances, including the text (and narration) for Chickens, which was choreographed by Charles Moulton and performed by Mikhael Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project. As a lyricist, Cale’s words have been performed by Elvis Costello, Deborah Harry, The Jazz Passengers, Richard Butler of The Psychedelic Furs, performance artist John Kelly, and jazz singer Jimmy Scott, among others. His songs have been featured on the soundtracks of several films, including Robert Altman’s Short Cuts.

Following Palomino, in January, Aurora Theatre Company presents the second main stage production to develop from its Global Age Project, the World Premiere of Allison Moore’s Collapse, directed by Jessica Heidt; as a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere, the play will be produced at Curious Theatre Company (Denver) and Kitchen Dog Theater Company (Dallas) following the Aurora’s lead production. In honor of Tennessee Williams’ 100th birthday, Aurora Theatre Company Artistic Director Tom Ross helms Williams’ rarely-produced stage gem The Eccentricities of a Nightingale in April; additionally, all of the Script Club selections for the season will be plays by Williams. Closing the season is the first American professional production of British director David Farr and Icelandic actor-director Gísli Örn Gardarsson’s thrilling avant garde adaptation of Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis, directed by Bay Area auteur Mark Jackson in June.


DATES: Previews: October 29, 30, and November 3 at 8pm; October 31 at 2pm; November 2 at 7pm

Opens: November 4, 2010

Friday Forum: Friday, November 19 Recognizing Loneliness in Community

Script Club: Monday, November 29, 7:30-8:30pm The Glass Menagerie by            Tennessee Williams

Role Play Night: Friday, December 3 – Finding Characters with Heart in Theater

Closes: December 5, 2010

SHOWS: Tuesday at 7pm; Wednesday through Saturday at 8pm; Sunday at 2pm and 7pm

WHERE: Aurora Theatre, 2081 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA

Monica Turner
Contributor to Stark Insider for tech, the arts and All Things West Coast for over 10 years.